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I occupy my monitor for a good portion of the day. I try not to sit too close, keep my monitor settings reasonably bright and take plentiful of breaks. My eyes don't feel tired or painful per say, but they are bloodshot. I don't remember them being this bloodshot about a year ago.
So I'm a bit worried. I tried using eyedrops but the thing with that is that when I go off them my eyes feel dry. (I even heard there are addictive substances in them)
I guess my sleep cycle isn't very regular either but I believe I sleep enough on average.
Any tips or the like for keeping one's eyes healthy. I guess I should eat more fish, I hate fish.
Get a privacy screen. It helps with the monitor not messing with your eyes.
Silk has a soymilk flavor that contains DHA, the label is blue and tastes pretty good to me at least. DHA is also found in certain algae and marine life in general... There's also omega-3s in hemp milk/seeds, flax seeds, avocados, etc. Drinking water helps staying hydrated and I recommend at least filtering your water. Spring water is okay. Distilled is the best. Take breaks whenever your eyes dry out. Washing the face helps sometimes, even if it's just water.
Maybe talk to an eye doctor if it's pretty bad.
Also, I notice my eyes dry out like crazy if there's a draft nearby.
f.lux is a program which tones down your monitor luminosity depending on the sunlight in your region. During the day it doesn't do anything, but after sunset it gives the whole screen a pleasant, warm tint, imitating natural light. That way, you won't feel like staring into a fluorescent lightbulb at 3 am.
This is of course pointless for color work, but for everything else - linework, shading, surfing the internet, reading text etc - this is an absolute godsend! Also, it can be disabled with one click whenever you want.
It'll look weird at first, but try it out for a day or three - I promise you'll like it.
Are you wearing contact lenses? Bloodshot eyes is a sign that there is a lack of oxygen passing through the membrane of the eye. So the eye raises all its blood vessels near the surface of the eye to compensate. This is what my optomitrist told me.
If you are wearing contacts, switch to glasses. If you're not, you should go see an optomitrist about ways to relieve the problem. I wouldn't let it go on for too long.